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Combined they have won more than 10,500 races. Each has won the Peter Haughton Memorial Award as the top young Ohio driver. They all rank in the top 20 for dash winning drivers. And, this year all three of the Ohio "young guns,' Aaron Merriman, Chris Page and Tyler Smith are making their first Little Brown Jug start. Merriman, 36, is currently in second place as North America's leading dash driver (trailing Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. by 4 wins). The native of Northfield, Ohio will pilot Avalanche Hanover from post #3 in the 2nd LBJ elimination. 2014 has already been memorable for Merriman. In August he competed in his first Hambletonian, guiding Il Sogno Dream to a fourth place finish in the $1.1 million final. Merriman and Il Sogno Dream will reunite in the $118,000 Old Oaken Bucket on the Jug undercard. A few weeks ago Merriman was enshrined into the Northfield Park Wall of Fame. "The Wall of Fame was real cool, it's my hometown track," noted Merriman. "There has been some great horseman at Northfield. The Jug is a great opportunity and I'm happy to be in it." Chris Page, 30, will be handling Rediscovery from the outside post #8 in the first $103,600 elim. The native of Mt. Vernon attended his first Jug in 1993. "(Rediscovery) is a nice colt," said Page. "He is real fresh right now and we trained him over the track last week. My goal is to make the Jug final." The youngest of the trio is Tyler Smith. Smith, 21, is a native of Washington Court House and will drive Let's Drink On It in the first elimination. "Driving in the Jug is an absolute thrill," beamed Smith. "My horse has been a 'no-luck' horse all year. I hope to get off to a good start and advance to the final." Smith has already made history. He was the youngest driver ever to achieve 1,000 career wins and at the age of 12 he became the youngest male driver in harness racing history to record a sub-2:00 race, driving Look Lilly to victory in 1:59.1 in a matinee at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The pacing classic will air live from 5:00 - 6:30 pm on the CBS Sports Network. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

The two-year-old filly pacer Bell Flower remains perfect on the season as the daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye cruised to victory in the $66,734 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship in opening day action at the Delaware County Fair. When the wings of the gate folded Chris Page sent Bell Flower to the early lead, forcing Friskie Lil Devil into the second spot. Bell Flower controlled the fractions of :28.2, :58.4 and 1:28. As the leading pair headed past the three-quarter pole, Wrenn edged Friskie Lil Devil off the pylons to challenge the leader. Bell Flower responded and pulled away for a 2 ¼ length victory in 1:56.4. Bell Flower, who is seven-for-seven this year, is conditioned by Jim Arledge, Jr. for owners Bruce and Patricia Soulsby of Powell, Ohio and Dean Davis of Wooster, Ohio. In the second $33,367 division Crosswinds Cupcake survived a late rush by Sectionlinefriskie (Josh Sutton) to score in 1:57.1. As the field of seven was sent on their way Friskie Til Dawn (Aaron Merriman) was the fastest into the first turn. The eventual winner was put on the lead before the quarter in :28.3. Noble and Crosswinds Cupcake controlled the field and fractions of :59 and 1:27.3. In the final turn Sectionlinefriskie came three-wide but the rally came up one length short. Crosswinds Cupcake is owned by Crosswinds Stable of Waynesville, Ohio and Stephen Young of Xenia, Ohio and trained by David Elliott. The daughter of Stand Forever has finished first or second in all six seasonal starts. Sixteen races are on tap for Tuesday at the Delaware County Fair with a post time of 12:00 noon. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Sweet Talkin Satin prevails in the Saturday night $25,000 Open Pace harness racing feature at Scioto Downs in 1:49.4. The 4-year old gelded son of Always A Virgin out of Silky Satin is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva Stables and Phil Collura. Sweet Talkin Satin was driven by Chris Page and started from post seven in the assigned field of seven. Page used the geldings great gate speed to his advantage to launch for early position when the starter said go. Landing in the third spot behind the inside leavers of Carol's Comet and J's Six Pak Attack. They clocked the opening quarter in a hot :26. Page wasn't content sitting third and pulled shortly after the quarter to take command before they hit the half mile that was paced in :53.4. Jeremy Smith and J's Six Pak Attack were the first to make their move, pulling first up. Josh Sutton and Kanaris followed suit to pick up the cover. Meanwhile, Ardyne Ace and Randy Tharps made a huge three wide move down the backside to drop in front of J's Six Pak Attack. Sweet Talkin Satin felt the pressure and paced down to the three quarters in 1:22.2. The field swarmed in on the leader in the stretch, but Sweet Talkin Satin dug in to win by a length over a closing Kanaris and Carol's Comet settled for third. This win was the 13th career victory for Sweet Talkin Satin in his 45th try and is closing in on $350,000 in career earnings. Scioto Downs Racino

Tall Cotton sets a new track record of 1:53.2 for a harness racing aged gelded trotter at Scioto Downs. The previous record of 1:54 was held by JJ Hall and War Cry Hall. The 8-year old son of Revenue S out of B Cor Peatra is trained by Ron Burke who also owns along with Weaver Bruscemi, Ed Gold and Howard Taylor. Tall Cotton started from post four in the field of eight condition trotters. Chris Page had the lines and chased after the $18,000 purse. Page left hard for command and trotted an opening quarter in :27.3. Dan Noble and Fusion Man followed suit and were able to drop in second. The quick pace continued on to the half clocked in :55.4. Boy Meets Girl K and Randy Tharps started their first up rally and pushed the pace down to three quarters in 1:24.4. Fusion Man sat the pocket until wheeling in mid stretch to give his bid, but would be just a head shy. Final Breath and Hugh Beatty were a closing third. She's Shocking sets a new career best of 1:51 in the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. The 5-year old mare by Electric Yankee out of Notorious One is conditioned by Scott Mogan who partially owns with Diamond Chip Stable and Charles Guiler. Kayne Kauffman had the assignment from post six in the full field of nine, but that didn't deter him from leaving. She's Shocking left like a rocket along with heavy favorite, Betterluvnexttime who cleared to the opening quarter in :26.2 and provided a perfect pocket trip to She's Shocking. The pace didn't slow much as they paced to the half in :54.4. Sissy Bar and Dan Noble started their first over bid and gave cover to a second over Sweetheart Dance. Sissy Bar applied pressure as they paced down to three quarters in 1:22.3. This left Kauffman licking his chops as they battled until the top of stretch. She's Shocking waited for room from a tiring Sissy Bar to pull out and pace a head clear of Betterluvnexttime. Jim Pantaleano and Sweetheart Dance came on for third. Racing returns Saturday (September 13) post time 6:30 p.m. Scioto Downs Racino

Itrustyou stole the spotlight on Saturday night at Scioto Downs with his track record performance of 1:48.2 in the $25,000 Open Pace.   The 6-year old gelded son by Third Straight out of Dynamic Lady broke the previous record of 1:48.4 set by Paco Labrook in 2013.   He's trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stables of Pennsylvania.   Itrustyou was driven by Chris Page from post seven in the field of nine. Page fired out for command and definitely had to work for the top. After being parked to the quarter that was paced in :26.1, they finally cleared. The pair had instant pressure from a parked and pressing Ardyne Ace and Randy Tharps, pushing the pace to the half in :54.   Torrington and Dan Noble had a great pocket seat to the dueling action and just waited for their chance. Itrustyou responded to the pressure and paced down to three quarters in 1:21.3 before kicking 8-lengths clear of his competition. Torrington held the second spot and Santa Fe Beachboy closed well to grab third.   Big Bossman rebounded in the $40,000 first division of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year old pacing colts in 1:53.2.   Big Bossman is a gelded son by Feelin Friskie out of Lovely American. He's trained by Doug Hinklin for Parent Racing Stable of Ohio. Regular driver, Greg Grismore had the lines and started from post three in the field of seven.   Grismore left for early position and found it in the two hole behind long shot, Lawyer Up and Aaron Merriman. The pair quickly made a brush to retake before the half that was paced in :56.4.   Big Bossman was well in hand the rest of the mile. They paced to three quarters in 1:25.3 and cruised home in :27.3. Big Bossman was victorious by 6-lengths over Upfront Clays Boy and a rallying Dibs for Josh Sutton.   Soul Train gets a new career best, 1:57.1 in his division of Ohio Sires Stakes. The 3-year old gelded son of Trainforthefuture out of Dances On Air is conditioned by Scott Cox for Parent Racing Stable, Robert Crynick and John Novak.   Master Mighty and Kayne Kauffman were determined to set the fractions in the short field of six and did so in :29.2, :58.4 and 1:28.1. He was almost home free, but Soul Train and Ryan Stahl were able to get up in time by a mere nose. Master Mighty made a break as they crossed the wire, placing him third behind Kurt Sugg's Bradymeister.   I Know My Chip scores in his $40,000 division of Ohio Sires Stakes in a lifetime best, 2:00.2. Jim Dailey trains the 2-year old gelded son of Deep Chip out of Madeline's Crown for owner Kim Dailey. Jason Brewer had the assignment from post four in the field eight and was the better's choice at 3-5.   Brewer let colt trot when the starter said go and grabbed the top before the quarter that was trotted in :29.4. They had company from an outside leaver, Chips A Million and Chris Page. They let the pair go before tripping by the half that was trotted in :59.4. Page and Brewer performed the "give and go" and I Know My Chip regained command before the three quarters that clicked in 1:30.4.   I Know My Chip kicked 3 ½-lengths clear of a closing Ohio Chipster and Chips A Million held on for third.   Western Coby lit up the tote board with his 1:56.2 performance in a division of the 2-year old colt pace.   Western Coby is a gelded son by Western Spirit out of Cole By A Knows. He's trained by Ron Wagner who partially owns with Larry Acker and Dean Davis. Wyatt Irvine had the lines from post nine in field of nine and went off at odds of 55-1.   Irvine was content to take back and watch the action from eighth while Cornerback and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.pressed out for command. Ollie Pop clocked the opening quarter in :28.1 before settling for a pocket trip behind Cornerback. Wrenn tripped the half timer in :57.3.   It wasn't until the three quarters that was paced in 1:27 that Irvine gave Western Coby open road, three wide to pass them all in a final quarter he paced in :28.2. Indian Spirit and Kyle Ater also closed well for second and Ollie Pop completed the trifecta. Neely's Messenger extended his win streak to five with his $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes win in 1:59.2.   Marty Wollam trains and drives the 2-year colt by Neely Dunn out of Fun Message for Dale and Julie Sweet. They started from post two in the field of eight and were the slight second choice behind Kick A Lot who set the fractions of :28.3, :59.3 and 1:29.3.   Wollam sat back in third and watched the action before tipping his colt three wide in the stretch to win by a half length over Chips Starr and Super Sheff Frosty. Kick A Lot made a costly, quick break in stride causing him to go inside the pylons and to be disqualified and placed last.   Diamondkeeper upsets in his division Ohio Sires Stakes in 1:53.2. The 3-year old gelded son of Pine Valley out of Almahurst Joy is conditioned by Ron Burke for the connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Lawrence Karr.   The undefeated, heavy favorite, Friskie Adam pushed the gate away and was parked to the opening quarter in :26.3. Diamondkeeper and Greg Grismore were sitting sixth and it was until after the half that was paced in :55.2 that Grismore gave Diamondkeeper his command.   Friskie Adam hit the three quarters in 1:23.4, but couldn't hold off the rally from Diamondkeeper. He scored by 3/4 -lengths over Feel The Heat and Friskie Adam held on for third.   Lady's Dude prevails in a career best, 1:55 in his 3-year trot division of Ohio Sires Stakes. The 3-year old gelded son by Victory Sam out of Lady's Star went off at odds of 11-1 from post five in the field of six.   Lady's Dude recently moved in to the Ron Burke Stable for owners, Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Johnny Yoder. Josh Sutton had the lines and pushed the gate away and cleared to the top before the quarter that was clocked in :28.1, Sutton never looked back.   The heavy favorite, Rompaway Galaxy got away an early fourth and was content to watch the action as they hit the half in :57.3, but was underway by the three quarters that was stopped in 1:26.2. Micallef couldn't close the gap on Lady's Dude and had to settle for second and Can'tcutthatchip was third.   Chief Talkalot pulls off a gutsy performance in the final division of Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year old colt pacers in 1:55. Chief Talkalot is a gelded son of Feelin Friskie out Jardin Des Arts. Brian Brown trains for Steve Stewart, Michael Robinson, Robert Mondillo and Steve Cheatham.   Jim Pantaleano drove from post three in the full field of nine and got away an early fourth behind co-favorites, Nobles Finesse and Gray Camo. Nobles Finesse set the pace and fractions of :27.2 and :56.4 before Chief Talkalot started his first over bid with his stablemate, Rock N Randall in tow. Chief Talkalot and Nobles Finesse went toe to toe and stride for stride as they clocked the three quarters in 1:25.1, but Chief Talkalot won the battle by two lengths over Rock N Randall and Nobles Finesse completed the trifecta. Racing returns Tuesday (September 9) post time is 6:30 pm.   From Scioto Downs Racino            

Easy Again breaks his own harness racing track record at Scioto Downs Saturday with his win in the $30,000 Invitational Pace in 1:50.1. He's a 5-year-old ridgling son of Dragon Again out of Kuklapanandollie. He set a new track record of 1:50.2 just two starts ago at the 5/8 mile oval. Easy Again scored his third consecutive win for trainer, Ron Burke and his connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Panhellenic Stable. Chris Page had the assignment from post eight in the field of nine and was the post time favorite at 4/5. Page fired out for position and found it right on the front before the quarter that was paced in :26.2. I Found My Beach and Josh Sutton were content to take the pocket trip behind the heavy favorite. They paced down to the half in :54.4 and Page hit the gas as they headed to the three quarters. Easy Again paced his third quarter in a hot :26.4 and opened up on his foes by 3-1/2 lengths. Sutton and I Found My Beach tried to close the gap, but fell a 1/2-length short and Torrington rallied for the show spot at odds of 35-1. This was Easy Again's 65th career start and his 20th trip to the winners circle. His earnings have now exceeded $650,000. Racing continues on Monday (September 1) with a special holiday post time of 1:00 p.m. Scioto Downs will have an early driver autograph session on Monday starting at 12:15 p.m. From Scioto Downs Racino

Creatine sets new track record of 1:52.4 at Scioto Downs in the $25K Open Trot. Creatine shattered the previous harness racing record for a 4-year old horse of 1:54.1 set by Shark Kosmos in 2002. Creatine is a son of Andover Hall out of Berry Nice Muscles. He's conditioned by Bob Stewart for Diamond Creek Racing of Pennsylvania. Creatine started from assigned post five in the field of seven and Dan Noble had the controls. Slated as 9-5 favorite and going off at odds of 3-5, Noble said go when the gates folded. The pair had to work for the top from a stubborn Its Complicated and Josh Sutton. They cleared before the quarter that was trotted in a brisk :26.2. Noble was able to give Creatine a breather on their way to the half that was clocked in :56.1. Boy Meets Girl K and Randy Tharps started their first over bid to apply the pressure down the back side. Southwind Pepino and Sandy Beatty were right in their tow second over. Its Complicated started to tire giving Southwind Pepino a chance to sneak back to the rail. They clocked the three quarters in 1:24.4. Creatine held off the challenge from Boy Meets Girl K, but still had Southwind Pepino to fend off in the stretch. Creatine dug in to win by 1-1/4 lengths over Southwind Pepino and War Cry Hall and Greg Grismore rallied to complete the trifecta. This victory was Creatine's first of the season, but the 12th of his career. He's now banked over $938,000 in just 32 lifetime starts. Betterluvnexttime becomes the fastest mare in the history of Scioto Downs after winning the Filly and Mare Open Pace in 1:50.2. Betterluvnexttime broke her own track record set earlier this year of 1:50.4 and a mark of 1:50.3 set by her stable mate Top Brand. Betterluvnexttime is a 6-year old mare by American Ideal out of Darriwillian. She's trained by Scioto Downs leading trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr for Daniel Mitchell. Josh Sutton had the lines from post eight in the partially assigned field of nine. Betterluvnexttime was the 9-2 morning line third choice and went off at odds of 5-1. Sutton drove her like she was the one to beat. When the started said go, so did Josh. They pushed the gate away and drove for command. Sutton settled in an early third after the opening quarter that was paced in :26 by Sectionline Yankee. She's Shocking settled in the pocket spot for Kayne Kauffman, but they would have the pocket seat for long. Betterluvnexttime and Sutton were underway before the half that was paced in :54.1 and she was able to clear to the top on the backside. Betterluvnexttime had no time back down the pace. She had company from Continual Velocity and Chris Page. They battled to the three quarters in 1:21.3. The duel continued through the stretch and Sectionline Yankee was licking her chops behind the battling pair. The two outstanding mares battled it out and Betterluvnexttime had the winning stride. She beat a game Continual Velocity by a narrow neck and Sectionline Yankee settled for the show spot. This was Betterluvnexttime's fourth consecutive win and her 37th victory in 86 career starts. Racing continues on Saturday (August 31) post time is 6:30 pm. Scioto Downs will host an autograph session prior to post time, starting at 5:45 pm in the grandstand breezeway. Scioto Downs Racino

Victory Is Coming and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.stole the spotlight with their world and new track record performance of 1:51 at Scioto Downs Friday. The previous world record of 1:51.4 for an aged trotting mare on a 5/8 mile track was set by Beatgoeson Hanover and In Your Room, both in 2013.  The previous track record of 1:52.2 was held by Unefoisdanmavie and Modern Family. The 7-year old mare by Victory Sam out of Norse Comer is trained by Ammon Hershberger for Betty and John Shaw. Victory Is Coming has now earned over $520,000 in her 107 starts and has made 47 trips the winners circle. The mare started from post five in the full field of 10 and went off at odds of 8-5. Wrenn got away an early fifth behind the battle of Its Complicated and Creatine. Clicking the opener quarter in a hot, :26.2. The pace didn't slow much when Lachance grabbed leather with Creatine to drop in third. They clocked the half mile in :54 and it was shortly after that Wrenn pulled the right line and made a quick brush to the front. Victory Is Coming quickly opened up 3-lengths on the field as she hit the three quarters in 1:22.2. Wrenn had the talented mare well in hand as the cruised to a 1-1/4 lengths victory over Southwind Pepino. The other lone mare in the field, Daylon Miracle was a closing third. Freshman fillies dominate in $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes at Scioto Downs on Friday night. Like Old Times and Josh Sutton set a new track record of 1:57.2 for 2-year trotting fillies at Scioto Downs. The previous record of 1:57.2 was held by Rose Run Keepsake. Like Old Times is a daughter of Chip Chip Hooray out of Royal Two. She's trained by Don McKirgan for Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, Ohio. She started from post four in the field of eight and was in good company. The 9-5 morning line favorite, Dark Roast started from post five. Dark Roast and Kurt Sugg left out for command and landed In The Pocket spot, but were out to take command just passed the 1/4 that was trotted in :28.3. Sutton and Like Old Times were parked the entire way and still were charging for command after the half that was trotted in :59. Dark Roast and Like Old Times went toe to toe and stride for stride down the three quarters that was clocked on 1:27.4. Sutton finally asked the filly for more and she responded by opening up on the field by 5-3/4 lengths. Sammy Star and Aaron Merriman came on late for second and Dark roast held on for third. Bettys Sam and trainer, driver Ammon Hershberger upset their division in 1:57.4. Bettys Sam is owned by John "Red" and Betty Shaw of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. She's by Victory Sam out of Norse Comer. She was out to prove that she wanted to be just like her sister, Victory Is Coming and her point was made. The filly started from the rail, but still had hard work ahead of her. The undefeated Sunrise Nibbles had post four in the field of eight. Page sent Sunrise Nibbles to her normal spot and clocked the opening quarter in :29. Ammon had Bettys Sam sitting third and after the :30 second quarter decided it was time to move. She started her first over grind and hit the three quarters in 1:28.2. Sunrise Nibbles and Bettys Sam battled down the stretch, a small neck separated the fillies. Bettys Sam earned the victory and paid $71.40 to win. Chip Girl and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.completed the trifecta. Lisa Jane takes the final division for trotting fillies in a career best, 1:57.2. Lisa Jane started from post five and Ryan Stahl had the lines for trainer, Scott Cox. She's a daughter of Neely Dunn out of Vanilla B and is owned by Parent Racing Stable LLC and G.Peters. Stahl wasted no time to gain control of the fractions. After the opening quarter was trotted in :28.4 by Tt'scaramelcream, Ryan made the move to the front. The trotted to the half in a moderate :59.1 and passed the three quarters in 1:28.2. Lisa Jane was well in hand and won by 3-1/2 lengths over Student Of Life and Dolly Dunn was third. Bell Flower and Chris Page dominate their $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division in 1:55. Bell Flower never made her connections anxious as the heavy favorite. She started from post six in the field of eight. Page steered the perfect filly to the top and never looked back. She clocked fractions of :28.1,:57.1 and 1:25.4 before drawing clear by 7 lengths. Crosswinds Cupcake and Dan Noble rallied for second and Ut Oh Spakiddio grabbed the show spot. Sectionlinefriskie breaks her maiden with a win in her division of Ohio Sires Stakes in 1:56. Sectionlinefriskie is a daughter of Feelin Friskie out of Aquatic Yankee. She's trained by Steve Bauder for Harold Bauder, Michael Dixon and Harold Lee Bauder. Dan Noble had the assignment from post seven and was overlooked at 22-1. Noble ended up an early seventh in the field of eight. The heavy 1-5 choice, Friskie Lil Devil was the pace setter and cut fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:27. Aaron Merriman and Zoey's Lemon Tart sat the pocket trip and waited to pounce in the stretch. Neither one could hold off the late charge from Sectionlinefriskie. She paced her final quarter in :28.3 Friskie Lil Devil settled for the place spot and Zoey's Lemon Tart was third. From Scioto Downs Racino

War Cry Hall and harness racing driver Josh Sutton prevail in the $20,000 Open II Trot in his record time,1:54. War Cry Hall is a 5-year old gelded son of Cash Hall out of Winners Only. He's conditioned by Scioto Downs leading trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr.for RBH Ventures Inc of New York. War Cry Hall was assigned post six in the field eight and selected as the morning line favorite. Sutton was in no rush as the gates folded, getting away an early fifth. A pair of outside starters, Final Breath and Fusion Man left hard for command. Trotting the opening quarter in :27.3. Final Breath and Hugh "Sandy" Beatty cleared Run And Tell Pap just passed the quarter and parked Fusion Man, driven by Mike Micallef. Fusion Man pressed Final Breath to half mile point in :56.3, giving Run And Tell Pap and Chris Page a perfect pocket trip. Sutton and War Cry Hall followed the cover of Ajuama and Jeremy Smith to the three quarters clocked in 1:24.3. Sutton found room to duck back to the rail at the top of the stretch when Page pulled Run and Tell Pap for the stretch drive. War Cry Hall trotted a final quarter in :28.4 to catch Final Breath by a neck and Run And Tell Pap was third. Betterluvnexttime and Josh Sutton go wire to wire in the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace in 1:52. Betterluvnexttime is a 6-year old mare by American Ideal out of Darriwillian Girl. She's trained by Virgil Morgan Jr.for Daniel Mitchell of Michigan. This was Betterluvnexttime's seventh win in just 15 starts in 2014. Sutton had the lines from assigned post eight in the field of eight and was the morning line favorite. Josh was on a mission when the starter said go, leaving hard for the top. Betterluvnexttime cleared Sectionline Yankee and Chris Page just passed the quarter that was paced in a sizzling :26.1. She earned a second quarter breather after getting to the half in :55.2. Page and Sectionline Yankee enjoyed their pocket ride when Up Front Kellie Jo and Kyle Bolon made their first over bid. They pushed the speed down to the three quarters in 1:23.3. Betterluvnexttime held off the late bid from Eve Marie Seelster and Kyle Ater who came up 3/4-length shy and Sectionline Yankee held third. From Scioto Downs Racino

Rompaway Galaxy prevails in the $22,800 Ohio Breeders Stakes with a new lifetime best, 1:55.3. Rompaway Galaxy is a gelded son of Rompaway Wally out of Rompaway Wynona. He's conditioned by Krista Harmon for harness racing owner and breeder Rompaway Farms. Driver, Mike Micallef had the asignment starting from post three in the field of eight. Micallef was in no hurry, getting away an early sixth. The opening quarter was trotted in :28 and he was 9 lengths off the lead of pacesetter, Bradymeister. The pair was underway before the hit the half that was trotted in :57.2. Rompaway Galaxy was sitting third in the cover flow and just waiting for his time to go. His time came when they hit the top of the stretch and Micallef tipped three wide to trot to a 2-1/4 lengths victory. Master Mighty and Kayne Kauffman were second and Can'tcutthatchip held on for third. Paydaze On The Way upsets her stakes division with a new lifetime best of 1:54.3. Paydaze On The Way is a three-year old daughter of Look Sharp out of Shantytown Girl. She's conditioned by national leading trainer, Ron Burke for Howard Taylor, Ed Gold,Richard Lombardo and Karen Rose. Top driver, Aaron Merriman picked up the drive and started from post one in the field of six. When the gates folded, Merriman was in no hurry and found himself a fifth spot seat. The pair was content to sit at the rail after the half was paced in :56.3. Still sitting fourth,but only 2 lengths off at the top of stretch, Merriman found the space to race in the super stretch. The filly closed quickly to beat Crown Time Keeper by a head and Shakin Friskie was a game third. Friskie Adam remains perfect after taking his $23,100 Ohio Breeders Stakes in 1:53. Friskie Adam is the son of Feelin Friskie and Lottery Fever. He's trained by Dan Ater for Dr Jerry Maloon Stable. Kyle Ater had the lines and started from post five in the field of nine. Ater pushed the gate away to gain control before the quarter that was paced in :27.4 and Big Bossman and Greg Grismore landed right behind him. After catching a :30.3 second quarter breather there was never an anxious moment. Big Bossman made an unfortunate mistake at the half and gave Friskie Adam a padded 3-length lead. The colt quickly paced away from his competition and won by 5-lengths over UF Fast Feelin and his stable mate, Friskie AJ were a closing third. Sandys Victory dominates her $22,700 Breeders Stakes in a career best,1:55.4. Sandys Victory is the daughter of Victory Sam out of Amessageforsandy. She's trained by Larry Tinch who partially ownes with John Reames. Josh Sutton had the lines and started from post four in the field of nine. When the starter said go, Sutton was content to take back and let the dust settle before making his move. Anniesbluejeanbaby and Greg Grismore were on a mission and clocked the opening quarter in :27.2 and passed the half in :57. In The Grippers set out on her first over bid and pushed the pace down to three quarters in 1:26. A well-played game plan paid dividends to her connections when Sandys Victory made her backside brush and trotted clear of her foes by 6-1/2 lengths. Turbochargedroxie and Dan Noble were a closing second and Hollys GG completed the trifecta. Easy Again takes the $25,000 Open Pace in a track record performance, 1:50.2. Easy Again set a new track record for aged horses at Scioto Downs. The previous record of 1:50.4 was held by Hoosier Favorite and Foreclosure N. Easy Again is ridgling son of Dragon Again out of Kuklapanandollie. Ron Burke trains for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Panhellenic Stable. Chris Page had the lines and started from post four in the field of six. Easy Again was making his first start after a two month lay off, but that didn't deter Page from going out for command. They set the fractions of :27, :55.2 and 1:22.3. Easy Again paced to a 1-3/4 length victory over Ardyne Ace with Randy Tharps and Lucky Lime had a late kick to be third. Racing continues on Wednesday (August 13) first race post time is 6:30 p.m. From Scioto Downs

Sectionline Yankee steals the harness racing spotlight from freshman Ohio Breeders Stakes at Scioto Downs. Sectionline Yankee and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.equal the track record of 1:50.4 for aged pacing mares in a $15,000 conditioned event. Sectionline Yankee is a 5-year old mare by Yankee Cruiser out of Aquatic Yankee and now shares the track record with Betterluvnexttime and Camille. She's trained by Steve Bauder for Harold L Bauder, Michael Dixon and Harold Lee Bauder.The mare started from post 10 in the full field of 10 and got away an early fifth. Wrenn didn't sit for very long. They were out and pressing on before the half that was paced in :54.2. The pair eventually cleared in the stretch and paced 3 1/2 lengths clear from the rest of the field. My Hare Lady and Kyle Ater followed her first over bid to secure second and Ride A Cowboy had a late kick to grab third. The 2-year old pacing filly, Bell Flower draws off in her division of Ohio Breeders Stakes in 1:56. The perfect filly extended her winning streak to four after wiring her field of eight for the $26,200 bounty. The filly is by Fly Fly Buckeye out of Our Lady Countess. She's conditioned by Jim Arledge Jr for Bruce and Patricia Soulsby. Bell Flower was driven by leading driver, Chris Page and started from post three in the field of eight. Page wasted no time driving to front and after an easy second quarter of :30.4 the pair was home free. Bell Flower cruised to a 5 1/4 length victory. Friskie Devil and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.rallied for place and Zoey's Lemon Tart completed the trifecta. Dark Roast extended her winning streak to two in a career best effort of 1:59.1. The 2-year old filly by Full Count out of Edens Mardi Gras is trained by Ohio native,Marty Wollam for Acadia Farms Inc and G&B Racing. Kurt Sugg had the driving assignment from post one in the field of seven and was unhurried in the early going. The pair got away an early third and were content to sit to just passed the half that was trotted in :59.4. Sugg pulled the right line and the filly responded. Driving 5 3/4 clear of her foes to claim her share of the $16,600 prize. Soaring Flight for Dan Noble was second and Countthechip was third. Sunrise Nibbles remains untouched in her $16,600 division of Ohio Breeders Stakes in a career best,1:58.1. Sunrise Nibbles is a daughter of Iron Duke by Sweethomeourbama. She's trained by Chris Beaver for her connections. Regular driver, Chris Page had the lines starting from post five in the scratched down field of six. Page left hard for command before relinquishing the top spot to Bet On Chip and Kyle Ater. Bet On Chip tripped the half timer in :58.3 and Page couldn't wait any longer. He gave the filly her command before they hit the three quarters and it was all over but the picture. Page and Sunrise Nibbles drew clear by 7 1/2 lengths over Like Old Times and Student Of Life was third. Neely's Messenger and Marty Wollam steal the $26,800 Ohio Breeders Stakes for 2-year old trotting colts in 1:59. Neely's Messenger is a son of Neely Dunn out of Fun Message. He's trained by Marty Wollam for Dale and Julie Sweet. He started from post two in the scratched down field of eight. Wollam used the inside post to his advantage and never looked back. After catching a :31 second quarter breather it was their race to win or lose. They defeated their company by 2 1/4 lengths after trotting a final quarter in :28.2. I Know My Chip and Jason Brewer were second best and Chips Starr and Kayne Kauffman were a late closing third. Nobles Finesse and Dan Noble capped the night off with an easy 1:57 victory in his $26,400 division. Nobles Finesse is a 2-year son of Feelin Friske out of Lady Lonesome. He's recently moved in to the Kurt Sugg Stable for the connections of Dean Davis, Joyce McClelland, Deborah Noble and Dan Noble. Nobles Finesse started from post four in the field of six and Noble wasted no time getting the colt to the front. He paced the opening quarter in :28.4, but caught a :30.2 second quarter breather. Noble felt some first over pressure as they headed to the three quarters from Nashville Bound and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Nobles Finesse turned the challenge away and won by 1 1/2 lengths over Ollie Pop and RC Friskie and Randy Tharps were a closing third. Ohio Breeders Stakes action continues on Saturday (August 9) post time is 6:30 p.m. Scioto Downs Racino

Ohio Breeders Stakes for harness racing Freshmen and Sophomores kicks off at Scioto Downs.   The Ohio Breeders Stakes for colts and fillies on their respective gates will go post ward on Friday and Saturday night.   The trotting and pacing two-year olds will have their chance at the cash on Friday. Starting in race one on the 12-race card the two-year filly pacers will go for a purse of $26,200.   Bell Flower and Chris Page are slated as the 3-5 morning line favorite for trainer, Jim Arledge Jr. She's an impressive three for three and will look to continue her perfect record. She will start from post three in the eight horse field.   Race two and three are the split divisions of the two-year filly trotters. The fields of seven will race for a purse of $16,600.   Dark Roast for trainer Marty Wollam is one of the morning line favorites in race two. Rightfully so, she's coming off a notable Ohio State Fair Stakes win in 2:01.3. Standing in the filly's way will be her own stable mate, Influential Girl and Chip Girl from the Krista Harmon barn.   The flawless Sunrise Nibbles for trainer, Chris Beaver will try to extend her winning streak to four when she starts from post five in race three with driver, Chris Page.   The two-year old colt trotters are slated for race five and the full field of nine will battle it out for a share of the $26,800 purse.   Neely's Messenger for trainer and driver, Marty Wollam will start from post two as the 2-1 favorite. He dominated a similar group last week in the Ohio State Fair Stakes at Scioto Downs in a new lifetime best performance of 1:58.3 by a margin of 7 and ¾ lengths.   Race 11 is the final Ohio Breeders Stakes for 2-year colt pacers. A field of six will race for a bounty of $26,400.   The impressive Nobles Finesse for new trainer, Kurt Sugg will hope to appease his new connections win a victory, but Chief Talkalot from the Brian Brown Stable looks to stand in his way from post six. The sophomores will get in to action on Saturday (August 9).   The action will start in race two on the 14-race card with the three-colt trotters. A field of eight will race for a purse of $21,200.   Rompaway Galaxy will look to romp again for trainer Krista Harmon and regular driver, Mike Micallef. They will start from post three and are the 4-5 morning line favorite.   The filly pacers will compete for the $22,200 prize in race three. The competitive field of six leaves the race wide open and gives the chance for any one of these ladies to steal the spotlight.   A full field of nine three-year colt pacers will make up race five on the program for a purse of $23,100. It will be a showdown between the undefeated, Friskie Adam from the Dan Ater stable and Big Bossman trained by Doug Hinklin.   Big Bossman will start from post two for driver, Greg Grismore and Friskie Adam drew post five with Kyle Ater at the lines.   The Ohio Breeders Stakes concludes in race 10 with the trotting fillies. The field of nine will chase after the $22,700 prize.   The 8-5 favorite, Sandys Victory and Josh Sutton will look to continue their winning streak, starting from post four for trainer, Larry Tinch. In The Grippers is looking to rebound for her connections and she will start from post eight for trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr.and driver Chris Page.   Post time is 6:30p.m on Friday (August 8) and Saturday (August 9).<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office".   Scioto Downs Racino

Scioto Downs hosted the last of the Ohio State Fair races on Saturday night and the series went out with style with divisions for three-year-old fillies and colts. Sandys Victory and Josh Sutton conquered the three-year old filly trot in 1:56.2. Sandys Victory is a daughter of Victory Sam out of Amessageforsandy. She's trained by Larry Tinch who partially owns with John Reames. She started from post six in the lone division of 11 for a purse of $87,000. Sutton let the filly trot out of there to ensure a good spot and that's exactly what they got. The pair landed in the two hole behind In The Grippers and Chris Page. The perfect pocket trip paid dividends for her connections when Sutton pulled on the right line at the top of the stretch. She trotted to a comfortable victory and held off the late charge from Anniesbluejeanbaby with Greg Grismore and In The Grippers was third.  Shakin Friskie set a new lifetime best of 1:54.2 at odds of 16-1. Shakin Friskie is the pacing daughter of Feelin Friskie and Shakeurcancancress. She's conditioned by Mark Winters and driven to victory by Dan Noble. Shakin Friskie pushed the gate away from her six hole spot and ended being parked and pressing on for a seat. Noble cleared just pass the quarter that was paced in :27.2. The pair sat patiently behind the battling duo of Paydaze On The Way and Crown Time Keeper.The wait paid off when Shakin Friskie got up by a head over Lady Julie and Hannah Forever rallied for the show spot. Rompaway Galaxy dominates in the three-year colt trot in 1:56. Rompaway Galaxy is a gelded son of Rompaway Wally out Rompaway Wynona. He's trained by Krista Harmon for his owner and breeder, Rompaway Farms. The gelding started from post eight in the $90,000 Govenor's Cup for three colt trotters.Getting away an early seventh, driver Mike Micallef had his work cut out for him. The pair was underway before the half and three wide by three quarters. He cruised to a 2 1/2 length win over Count Full Mac and Master Mighty completed the trifecta. Friskie Adam and Big Bossman continued their winning ways in their separate divisions.Friskie Adam didn't disappoint his backers as the heavy favorite.Kyle Ater pushed the colt to the front and never looked over his shoulder. They cruised to a 3 length win over Diamondkeeper and Lawyer Up with Ronnie Wrenn Jr were flying on the outside for third. Big Bossman and Greg Grismore conquered their field in 1:53.2. Grismore let the colt pace as the wings folded and quickly opened up a 3 lengths on the field. It was just a preview of the victorious outcome. Big Bossman scored by a 2 1/2 length margin over Feelin Speedy and Upfront Clays Boy was third. Racing resumes on Tuesday (August 5) post time is 6:30. This will be the last Tuesday of racing for the 2014 season. From Scioto Downs Racino

The Ohio State Fair Stakes for two-year old colts and fillies were showcased at Scioto Downs Friday night with an impressive nine divisions of competition racing for purses from $34,000 to $50,000 depending on their class.  The flawless filly, Sunrise Nibbles remained perfect after taking her division in a new lifetime best,1:59.4. The Iron Duke filly is trained by Chris Beaver who partially owns with Synerco Ventures, Steven Zeehandelar and Dave Lang. Sunrise Nibbles started from post one in the field of seven and leading Scioto Downs driver, Chris Page was in her sulky. The pair fired out for command and never looked back. She won by a margin of 1 3/4 lengths. Sammy Star was second best and Student Of Life was a late charging third. The two-year old colt trotters,Neely's Messenger and Kick A Lot dominated in their respective divisions. Kick A Lot is a gelded son of Deep Chip out of Mac's dream. Regular driver,Kurt Sugg had the lines for trainer, Jeff Cox for breeder and owner Pius Soehnlen. The pair wired the field in a new career best of 1:59.2 by 6 1/2 lengths. Chips Starr and Kayne Kauffman were second and Really Deep Chip for Greg Grismore were third. Neely's Messenger for trainer and driver, Marty Wollam cruised to a 7 3/4 victory in 1:58.3. He's a son of Neely Dunn out of Fun Message for owners Dale and Julie Sweet. Super Sheff Frosty grabbed the place money and Ohio Chipster completed the trifecta. The two-year pacing filly, Bell Flower continued her winning ways. Taking her division of Ohio State Fair Stakes in 1:55.2. She's a daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye out of Our Lady Countess. She recently has moved into the Jim Arledge Jr Stable for new owners, Bruce and Patricia Soulsby. The dominating filly started from post six in the field of eight for driver, Chris Page. They pushed the gate away and Page was determined to set the fractions with the 1-2 favorite. There was never an anxious moment. The filly cruised to a 1 1/2 length victory over a game Friskie Lil Devil and Ronnie Wrenn Jr and Zoey's Lemon Tart and Aaron Merriman were third. Gray Camo sets a new lifetime best of 1:54.4 in his division of State Fair Stakes. The perfect son of Pine Valley out of Cg's Gem is trained by Ron Burke and was driven by Chris Page. Page worked out a perfect pocket trip and was able to get up in time by a mere neck over Nobles Finesse and Ollie Pop rallied for the show spot. The three-year olds take center stage on Saturday (August 2) first race post time is 6:30 p.m. From Scioto Downs Racino

Royal Outlook was a mild upset winner Saturday at Scioto Downs in the $25,000 Open Pace in 1:52.1.   Driven by Jim Pantaleano for trainer Terry Deters, Royal Outlook started from post two in the field of seven at went off at odds of 6-1. A seven-year old gelded son of Royal Mattjesty out of Fresh Outlook, Royal Outlook is owned by David R Hudson of Dallas, Texas. Pantaleano was in no hurry when the gates folded, getting away an early fifth. They sat in just long enough for the dust to settle. Artist Night and Chris Page cleared to the front just pass the quarter paced in a hot :26.1. Pantaleano tipped Royal Outlook before the half to start their chase. Picking up cover from Full Code and Dan Noble. The half mile was paced in a brisk :54.4. Artist Night and Page with first over pressure of Full Code lead them on to the three quarters paced in 1:23. Concert Ticket and Jeremy Smith were getting the perfect pocket ride at odds of 14-1 and we're waiting for racing room. When the talented group hit the top of the stretch it was a blanket of horses coming from everywhere. In the end Royal Outlook got the nod by a neck over a late closing Roadside Delight and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.and Concert Ticket was third. A mere 3 and a 1/2 lengths covered the entire field. Royal Outlook returned $14.80 to win and contributed to an $85.00 exacta and a $496.60 trifecta. Driver, Josh Sutton tallied six wins on the Saturday Night 13-race card. Sutton started the night off on the right foot. He took race one with Riley Bow for trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr. He continued in race three with Real Future and followed up with Luv Struck in race four. Sutton took a little break, but he was far from done. He went gate to wire with JS Tango in race eight and came back in race ten with Sgt Grit for trainer, Travion Jones. He finished the night just the way it started with a win. Sutton guided A Bay Bay to a victory for trainer, Jim Arledge Jr. Racing returns Tuesday (July 29) First race post time is 6:30. From Scioto Downs Racino

Southwind Pepino ties the all time trotting track record of 1:52.2 on Friday night in the $25,000 Open Trot. He now shares this record with Modern Family and Unefoisdanmavie. Southwind Pepino is six-year-son of Chocolatier out of Southwind Pamona. He's trained, driven and partially owned by Hugh "Sandy" Beatty of Orient, Ohio and Robert Sharrits. He started from post four in the scratched down field of seven and was the 8-5 betting favorite. Somebody As had post seven with Jason Brewer at the lines and they wasted no time driving out for command. Its Complicated and Josh Sutton had post eight and was the 5-2 second choice. They tried to follow suit, but went off stride before the quarter that was trotted in 27 seconds. Southwind Pepino and Beatty settled in third behind Fusion Man and Dan Noble, but they didn't sit for very long. Beatty pulled the right line before the half way mark and started his first over bid. The half was trotted in a leisurely 56. The pace definitely quickened going down the backside when Somebody As and Southwind Pepino went toe to toe and stride for stride and clocked the three quarters in a hot 1:23.3. Fusion Man and Dan Noble were sitting right behind the action and were patiently waiting for the super stretch. Southwind Pepino had his game face on and got the best of Somebody As by one and a quarter lengths. Somebody As was second and Fusion Man was third. Track record holder, Unefoisdanmavie captured the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open trot in 1:54.1. Slated as the 6-5 morning line favorite and going off at odds of 3-5, she didn't disappoint her backers. She's a seven-year-old mare by Revenue S out of Peace To The World. She's conditioned by leading trainer, Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Jack Piatt III. Unefoisdanmavie was assigned post six in the field of six and leading Scioto Downs driver, Chris Page had the lines. Page gave the mare the green light as the wings folded and never looked back. They clocked fractions of 27, 56.4 and 1:25.4 giving Ronnie Wrenn Jr.and Miss Panthers a perfect pocket trip. Unefoisdanmavie kicked two and a quarter lengths clear from a rallying Ajuama for Dan Noble and Miss Panthers held on for third. Racing continues on Saturday (July 26) A 13-race program is on tap, featuring a $25,000 Open Pace. Post time is 6:30. From Scioto Downs Racino

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